Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Discusses Federal Opioid Litigation on Belmont University College of Law Panel

Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Discusses Federal Opioid Litigation on Belmont University College of Law Panel

On November 12, 2019, Lieff Cabraser partner Mark Chalos participated on an attorney panel at the Belmont Inn of Court’s “Addressing the Opioid Crisis” conference presented at Belmont University College of Law. Mark spoke on the topic, “State of the Opioid Crisis – An Inside Look at Litigation & Regulatory Solutions.” [Read more…]

Ohio Federal Judge Approves Opioid MDL ‘Negotiation Class’

Ohio Federal Judge Approves Opioid MDL 'Negotiation Class'

As reported by Law360 (subscription), U.S. District Judge Dan Polster has approved the innovative and unprecedented approach of creating a negotiation class of government authorities empowered to negotiate a global settlement with drug manufacturers accused of fueling the destructive opioid addiction crisis that has swept the nation. The “negotiation class” concept was originally [Read more…]

Ohio Federal Judge Indicating Support for “Negotiation Class” in Opioid MDL

Ohio Federal Judge Indicating Support for “Negotiation Class” in Opioid MDL

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge Dan Polster appears to be signaling support for the inventive new settlement approach proposed earlier this summer by attorneys for local government plaintiffs in the federal opioids litigation on behalf of about 40 local government entities. According to the publication, in the nearly two-hour hearing held on August 6th, Judge Polster expressed virtually zero criticism of the negotiation class concept and dismissed several objections voiced by the defendants and state attorneys general. Though a ruling was not issued, the judge left onlookers with a solid impression that he was likely to endorse the novel approach. [Read more…]

Ohio Federal Judge Open to Plaintiffs’ “Novel Ideal” for Faster Settlement of Nationwide Opioid MDL

Ohio Federal Judge Open to Plaintiffs’ “Novel Ideal” for Faster Settlement of Nationwide Opioid MDL

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge Dan Polster appeared receptive to an inventive new settlement proposal introduced on behalf of about 40 local government entities by plaintiffs’ attorneys at the June 25 hearing in Ohio federal court. Judge Polster oversees nearly 2,000 lawsuits in the opioid multidistrict litigation. Plaintiffs’ proposal would establish a “negotiation class” composed of all the individual cities and counties in the U.S. to seek a global settlement deal with opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies alleged to have been responsible for fueling the unprecedented opioid epidemic. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser, Sonosky Chambers, and Zwerling Schachter File Class Action RICO Lawsuit on Behalf of Alaska Tribes Against Drug Manufacturers and Distributors for False and Deceptive Marketing and Improper Distribution of Dangerous Prescription Opioid Drugs

Lieff Cabraser Files Opioid Harm Lawsuit

Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Asa’Carsarmiut Tribe, Akiak Native Community, Native Village of Port Heiden, and Native Village of Afognak Unite to Seek Justice from opiate drug distributors and manufacturers for worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history and unnecessary Alaska Native and American Indian opioid deaths across Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—(BUSINESS WIRE)—On behalf of Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Asa’Carsarmiut Tribe, Akiak Native Community, Native Village of Port Heiden, and the Native Village of Afognak, the law firms of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller & Monkman, LLP, and Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling, LLP filed a RICO racketeering lawsuit on November 16, 2018 in federal court in Anchorage against Endo Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Teva, Allergan, Johnson & Johnson, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Actavis, Insys, Mallinckrodt, AmerisourceBergen, Health Mart Systems, Walgreen Co., Albertson’s, CVS, the Kroger Co. and related entities who bear responsibility for the unprecedented destructive opioid epidemic raging across the U.S. and in the affected Alaska Native communities. [Read more…]

Sonosky Chambers, Lieff Cabraser, and Zwerling Schachter File RICO Lawsuit on Behalf of Alaska Native Tribal Health Care Providers Against Drug Manufacturers and Distributors for False and Deceptive Marketing of Dangerous Prescription Opioid Drugs

Opioids Lawsuit Filed

Federal RICO action that is largest tribal complaint in history seeks justice from opiate drug manufacturers and distributors for unprecedented community and medical costs and American Indian and Alaska Native opioid deaths in Alaska

On behalf of the Tanana Chiefs Conference, Chugachmiut, the Copper River Native Association, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, and Southcentral Foundation, today the law firms of Sonosky Chambers Sachse Miller & Monkman, LLP, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling, LLP filed a RICO racketeering lawsuit in federal district court in Anchorage against Purdue Pharma, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Teva, Allergan, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Actavis, Insys, Mallinckrodt, McKesson, Health Mart Systems, AmerisourceBergen, Walgreen Co., the Kroger Co., Albertson’s, CVS and related entities responsible for the explosive opioid epidemic across the United States and in the impacted Alaska Native communities. [Read more…]

Swinomish Tribe Files RICO Opioids Lawsuit in Federal Court Against Pharmaceutical Giants

Macro of oxycodone opioid tablets

Action seeks justice against opiate drug manufacturers and distributors for Swinomish Tribe opioid deaths in Washington State

On behalf of northwestern Washington’s Swinomish Tribe, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel have filed a RICO racketeering lawsuit in federal court in Seattle against a wide range of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors alleged to be responsible for the explosive opioid epidemic across the United States and on the Swinomish Reservation. The tribe’s complaint alleges these companies convinced patients, hospitals, and physicians that opioids were safe for long-term use, despite significant evidence indicating the drugs are relatively ineffective in treating chronic pain, as well as being highly addictive. [Read more…]

Yurok Tribe Files Federal RICO Case Against Titans of Pharmaceutical Industry

Opioids Lawsuits

Court case aims to stem opioid epidemic on rural reservation, the United States

The Yurok Tribe filed in federal court a RICO case against the pharmaceutical giants that are alleged to be responsible for the surging opioid epidemic in the United States and on the Yurok Reservation. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Taylor & Knight Announce Lawsuit by Scott County, Tennessee Against Prescription Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Lawsuits Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Lawsuit Seeks the Recovery of Taxpayer Monies Spent Combating the Opioid Epidemic that Continues to Wreak Havoc on the Scott County Community; Scott Joins Other Tennessee Cities and Counties Fighting to Get Justice in Wake of Opiate Devastation

Mark Chalos, Managing Partner of the Nashville office of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and Jonathan Taylor of Taylor & Knight, GP, announce that Scott County, Tennessee, has filed a lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors to recover taxpayer money spent combatting the opioid epidemic wreaking havoc on the Scott County community. The complaint, which was filed in Tennessee federal court, alleges that the named opioid drug manufacturers and distributors and their agents deliberately and repeatedly violated state and federal laws by widely and falsely promoting highly addictive opioids as safe and necessary, all the while concealing the true risks of the drugs. [Read more…]

Paulina do Amaral Co-Chairs HarrisMartin Opioid Litigation Conference in San Francisco

Paulina do Amaral Co-Chairs HarrisMartin Opioid Litigation Conference in San Francisco

Lieff Cabraser Partner Mark Chalos Also Presenting at SF Opioids Litigation Conference

On Friday, March 2nd, Lieff Cabraser partner Paulina do Amaral will co-chair HarrisMartin’s Opioid Litigation Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. The all-day conference will cover a wide variety of topics and issues relating to the national opioid litigation, including an overview of state and federal cases, journalist perspectives, MDL case updates, insurance and bankruptcy issues, and liability issues. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Filing of Lawsuit on Behalf of Rutherford County, Tennessee Against Prescription Opioid Manufacturers

Lieff Cabraser Files Opioid Harm Lawsuit

Lawsuit Seeks to Recover Taxpayer Monies Spent Combating the Opioid Epidemic Ravaging the Rutherford County Community; Rutherford Joins Other Tennessee Counties and Cities Seeking Justice in Rising Tide of Opiate Plague

Mark Chalos, Managing Partner of the Nashville office of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announces that Rutherford County has filed a lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors to recover taxpayer money spent to combat the opioid epidemic wreaking havoc on the Rutherford County community. The complaint, filed in federal court in Tennessee, alleges that the named opiate drug manufacturers and distributors and their agents deliberately and repeatedly violated federal and state law by widely and falsely promoting highly addictive opioids as safe and necessary, all the while concealing the true risks of the drugs. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos Speaks on Claims Issues in Opiate Crisis Lawsuits at HarrisMartin Opioid MDL Conference

Mark Chalos Speaks on Claims Issues in Opiate Crisis Lawsuits at HarrisMartin Opioid MDL Conference

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos will participate in a panel discussion at the HarrisMartin’s Plaintiff Opioid MDL Conference next week at the Westin Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Mark will speak on Monday January 8th on “Third-Party Payor, Class, and Hospital Claims” as they relate to the ongoing national opioid crisis. In December 2017, Mark and the Lieff Cabraser attorney team filed actions in Tennessee federal courts on behalf of both the city of Nashville and the government of Smith County in Middle Tennessee. Prescription opioid drugs are estimated to kill upwards of 100 Americans per day — over 36,000 Americans per year. The cases seek to hold opioid manufacturers and distributors liable for their part in creating and fostering the crisis. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Smith County TN Against Prescription Opioid Manufacturers

Opioid Litigation

Lawsuit Seeks to Recover Taxpayer Monies Spent Combating the Opioid Epidemic Ravaging the Smith County Community; Believed to be the First Tennessee County to File Opioids Lawsuit in Federal Court

Nashville, Tennessee–(BUSINESSWIRE)–Mark P. Chalos of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP announces that Smith County has filed a lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors to recover taxpayer money spent to combat the opioid epidemic wreaking havoc on the Smith County community. The complaint, which is believed to be the first by a Tennessee county to be filed in federal court, alleges that the defendants in the suit, which include Purdue Pharma, Cephalon, Teva Pharmaceutical, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Noramco Inc., Endo Health Solutions, Mallinckrodt, Allergan, Actavis, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Insys Therapeutics, AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, Cardinal Health, and additional affiliated businesses and entities (the “Defendants”), violated the law by falsely promoting highly addictive opioids as safe and necessary, while concealing the true risks of the drugs. [Read more…]